03/16/2012 Lake Livingston State Park (Polk County)

 Lake Livingston State Park is a Year Round Event hosted by the Brazos Valley Trailblazers Volksmarching club.   We registered for the event at the Ranger’s Station and got a set of directions.  We learned that this 10K event is made up of three sections.  The first section goes out on the Pineywood Nature trail.  It goes for quite a ways on just dirt trail.DSCF4463

Then we came to a raised boardwalk section.  This was a good place to stop to re-tie a loose shoe lace.

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The boardwalk passed this fenced off area.  There were tiny wildflowers but they don’t show up in the picture.

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There was a nice picnic area where we stopped for a few minutes to rest.

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As we walked on the boardwalk we noticed there was quite a few of these little guys.  They would jump off the boardwalk when we came close.

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We noticed blooms laying on the boardwalk and looked up to find the source.  There is a trumpet vine in this tree.

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Another nice resting spot built into the boardwalk.

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Stopping to read the display about the birds that frequent the woods.

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This butterfly garden doesn’t have any plants yet to attract the butterflies.

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We came next to the duck pond.  Nice overlook.  We didn’t see any ducks here though.

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There was a lot of Cardinals flying about though and I managed to catch this one on film.

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Spotted this turtle sunning himself on a floating log.  His reflection makes him look strange.

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Leaving the duck pond we were told to return to the ranger station.  Easier said then done.  We missed the trail where we came in.  When we passed this bridge a second time we knew we’d gone to far.  So we turned around and kept a better lookout for the trail cut off.

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Ahah, here are the stepping stone we used to get on the boardwalk.  We made it safely back to the ranger station and the first section (5k) was complete.

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Section 2 left the Ranger Station from the other side but we couldn’t find it.  We asked the ranger inside and she admitted she wasn’t familiar with the trails and had no idea where it started.  We finally found it.

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This section is a 3K out and back and it follows along the edge of the lake.

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We spotted this woodpecker feasting on this tree.

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As we approached the half way point there was a closed store and lots of people around.  The wind was kicking up white water along the edge of bank.

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There was a tower you could climb.  This was off the “official” walk route.

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Looking down at the docks from the top of the tower.

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Back on the trail again, I liked the white fluffy clouds against the pine trees.

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There was a nice tree that just asked to be climbed on.  I couldn’t resist.

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A decaying log decorated with a trumpet vine.

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When you get to this arched tree you are near the restrooms and the turn around point to retrace your steps back to the ranger station.

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The third section started out the same way as the second but when you came to the lake you turn left instead of right and follow the lake the other direction for 2k.

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There is a small detour here at the sign to go down to the lake and see this bridge.

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This trail ends at another bridge which is out.  Most of it is completely gone.  When you reach it you retrace you steps back to the ranger station.

It was an easy walk and a nice way to collect a stamp for another county.

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About walktx

I am an avid Volksmarcher. I belong to Texas County Walkers in Mesquite.
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2 Responses to 03/16/2012 Lake Livingston State Park (Polk County)

  1. Great post, great pictures, looks like a lot of fun. Love that turtle sunning himself on the log, wish we had them here, well, we do sometimes off the atlantic coast but I’ve never seen one here, feel quite jealous! Thanks for stopping by. -Arran.

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